Rise of the Guardians

November 21st 2012
  • Animated/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 97 min,
  • Dreamworks Pictures
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Dominique Grund
  • Director: Peter Ramsey
  • Writers: William Joyce, David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • Executive Producers: William Joyce, Michael Siegel, Guillermo del Toro
  • Art Direction: Max Boas
  • Editors: Gustav Lindquist, David M. Poole
  • Music: Alexandre Desplat
  • Production Designs: Patrick Hanenberger, Alex McDowell


When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements and some mildly scary action
  • Production Budget: $145 million
  • Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Despite the similar name, Dreamworks Animation's second 3D CG animated feature film for the year has nothing to do with that talking owl movie from a while back. Instead, this family comedy/action adventure comes from the mind of "Meet the Robinsons" creator William Joyce.

Back in 2005 Joyce was part of a joint production company aiming to produce CG animated films - with this set to be one. That never eventuated, but four years later the project resurfaced at Dreamworks where it went into production under the name "The Guardians of Childhood". That name was changed last year, but will be retained for the fifteen novel and picture books by Joyce that will soon be published and from which this film is based.

Described as a contemporary fairytale based on existing fairytale characters, the story has Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up to stop Pitch the Boogeyman (Jude Law) from sending the world into eternal darkness.

It's more high concept and fun than most DWA films of late and could have plenty of potential considering how well 'Robinsons' was received. It will face stiff competition though with Disney's non-Pixar 80's video game inspired "Wreck-It Ralph" opening a few weeks before."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 November 2012: Argentina, Denmark, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Ukraine
  • 23 November 2012: Colombia
  • 28 November 2012: Belgium, France
  • 29 November 2012: Czech Republic, Germany Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Thailand
  • 30 November 2012: Brazil, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, Vietnam
  • 13 December 2012: Australia
  • 3 January 2013: New Zealand
  • 11 January 2013: Turkey